Initially fun but ultimately exhausting. Normally in a movie like this the main character will have a very specific thing he/she must survive long enough to see through; John Wick repeatedly faces insurmountable odds and has no urgent reason to persist. One begins to feel death for him would be a blessing.
By the Time It Gets Dark is beautiful, meditative, and enigmatic. It is also a chore; not for lack of material to process, but because built deep into my movie-going experience is an expectation to know explicitly how disparate elements relate, and to be given some sense, early on, of where a film is leading. By the Time It Gets Dark provides no such road-map, and makes no connections on behalf of the viewer. It requires sustained focus from a…
It's inspiring to see big ideas communicated efficiently and effectively through use of a simple creative shortcut. While this failed to provoke in me a strong emotional reaction, I always appreciate stories that force the viewer to consider their own life, death, and temporality.
In response to the balding man at the party: We don't continue playing Beethoven's 9th so that it will be passed on and on, to be known forever. We continue to play this particular piece of…